Posted on October 4, 2016

September 28, 2016 - College or bust! That is the way a lot of high school students feel about their future after graduation. But with the cost of higher education rising, this isn't the best option for everyone. Technical schools can help people launch a career without going into so much debt. 

According to the national center for education statistics, the average cost per year at four year institution is about 25-thousand dollars. But for the same price, says Susie Rowland, the campus director of Miller-Motte technical college, you can get an entire education at a trade school.

"You're able to get out into the workforce sooner instead of spending two or three or four years and taking classes that aren't going to be part of what you are doing, and you're able to get the skills and hands on training to get into the workforce sooner," said Rowland. 

Once students master the basic skills, they are able to get hands-on experience with real clients.

"I think that it makes them very marketable," said Rowland. "They're able to step directly into their career, and there is a lot of opportunity because we're also networking with the local employers and businesses and finding where the opportunities are and having partnerships to where they will hire their students."

Rowland says 4 out of 5 students that graduate from Miller-Motte are able to find jobs within their field immediately.

"I do feel confident because, like I said, they help you a lot. They get you to that point where you're ready to just get pushed out the nest and go on your own," said Joshua Hash, a Healthcare Technology student at Miller-Motte.  

Susie Rowland says seniors in highschool should start exploring their choices now, But anyone can enroll. Joshua Hash graduate from high school a few years ago. Now he has a family and a job, and he is still able to attend school because of the flexible hours. 

"I do have kids, and it works around my schedule. I also get the hands on training and teaching that I need to push myself further," said Hash.

But a trade school isn't for everyone. Susie Rowland has two children in college and one at a technical school. She encourages students to do their research and consider all their options.

http://www.virginiafirst.com/news/local-news/trade-schools-offer-an-alternative-to-college-debt